When it comes to crocodiles, the Northern Territory Government takes your safety seriously, but ultimately how you behave around crocodile habitats is your responsibility. It must be assumed that any body of water in the Top End may contain large and potentially dangerous crocodiles.
The Northern Territory Government Parks and Wildlife Commission actively manages saltwater crocodiles to reduce the risk of crocodile attack across the Top End, with the exception of Australian Government controlled lands such as Kakadu National Park.
In the Top End, many people live and participate in recreation activities in and near waterways. People need to be CROCWISE and know how to enjoy the waters in safety.
CROCWISE integrates public education and active crocodile management by the Northern Territory Government to reduce the risk of crocodile attacks in the Top End.
To report a Crocodile to the Crocodile Management Team, please call:
8999 4691 or 0419 822 859 (Darwin)
8973 8888 or 0407 958 405 (Katherine)
Be Crocwise when fishing and boating
When it comes to crocodiles, the Northern Territory Government takes your safety seriously, but ultimately how you behave around crocodile habitats is your responsibility.
Don't become complacent to the risks that human-crocodile interactions can have when fishing. Be Crocwise.
View the Crocwise Fishing and Boating in the Top End information sheet (pdf 584Kb)
- Stay vigilant for the presence of large Estuarine (Saltwater) Crocodiles at all times.
- Do not sleep on their boat overnight or camp near the water's edge – Be Crocwise
- Do not clean fish or bleed fish in or near the water's edge or from their boat, as this may attract crocodiles.
- If you must clean fish out to sea, do so one kilometre off-shore
- Always remember, crocodiles are particularly common near boatramps.
- Take extreme care when launching and retrieving boats.
- Keep away from the water's edge and do not enter the water.
- Do not reach into the water to bring up a fish; they use a landing net instead.
- Remove all fish and food waste, which attract crocodiles.
- Are particularly careful if fishing at night
- Remember crocodiles are dangerous and attacks can be fatal.
- Remember crocodiles move around throughout the year.
- Always report problem crocodiles.
Be CROCWISE Videos
Be Crocwise - Murrinh-Patha spoken only
Be Crocwise - Tiwi spoken only
Be Crocwise - Yolngu spoken only
Be CROCWISE TV Commercials
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Croc Captures Database
View the Croc Captures Database.
Be CROCWISE School Presentations
Find information on how to book a Be CROCWISE school presentation.
Be CROCWISE CD
Songs from the 2013 Be CROCWISE school-based song recording competition.